Summer - A Time for Fun, Family & Reflection
Planning for Summer - Planning for Giving
Summer is in full swing, and many of us are enjoying travel and fun outdoors with our family & friends. Summertime can also be a time for reflection and planning.

At LUM, staff are looking toward the future — preparing for fall programs like  Hunger Hike Port of Hope Community Thanksgiving  and  Jubilee Christmas . You too may spend some time this summer planning for the future and reflecting how you may assist those less fortunate. Perhaps you could create a personal legacy by continuing your support of the mission of  Lafayette Urban Ministry  beyond your own lifetime. During our lifetimes, we support our neighbors with our gifts to LUM, but by creating a legacy through  Planned Giving  your support of our ministry will continue for all perpetuity.

It’s a win-win  Estate Planning  strategy for you and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could make from your income alone. Whether you use  cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance  or a  retirement plan , the benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive to you as a well as LUM. We also hope you will  remember Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.

First, meet with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like IRAs, 401(k), or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. When you are ready to begin the conversation, please  email  or  call Joe Micon , LUM executive director, who is eager to meet with you ( jmicon@lumserve.org  | 765-423-2691). To give to LUM online, click  HERE .

Whatever you decide — enjoy your summer with your family and friends — and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.
LUM Summer Students Learning & Growing
LUM 5th Quarter Narrows the Achievement Gap
Since it began, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program has been focused on one thing stopping the loss of academic skills and knowledge that occurs during the summer months. Known as “the summer achievement gap,” it impacts elementary and middle school students in general, but low-income students are especially at risk. Students who are not enrolled in a program like LUM 5th Quarter return to school in the fall as many as five months behind their peers, forget information and spend months trying to catch up. Some never do. LUM research has proven that the LUM summer students are AHEAD of their peers when they return to school due to the enhanced learning curriculum and experiences offered through the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program . To view the list of programs, speakers and study trips planned for this summer, click HERE .

If you would like to invest in our summer students, please make a donation today ( click below ). If you or your group wishes to volunteer or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt ( abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).
Be a Volunteer Camp Counselor - LUM Camp 2018
Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp
Would you, or someone you know, make a good  LUM Camp Counselor ?

LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old.

Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday,  July 30  to 4 p.m. Friday,  August 3

For additional information, click  HERE . PLEASE SHARE.